How to say yes to (almost) any smartphone

Employees want iPhones, Androids, and other devices beyond the BlackBerry; here's how to safely welcome them

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Saying yes to smartphones: Securing the needs of Category 4 businesses for top-secret information
If your business deals with life-critical information, such as for defense work, there are only two viable smartphone options: BlackBerry and Windows Mobile.

Apple iPhone. The iPhone can't meet the military-grade encryption (FIPS) requirements or provide the level of application and network-access control necessary, nor can it support physical second-factor authentication. It can be used in military organizations, but only by those people whose level of clearance doesn't require these extraordinary security measures.

Google Android. The Android operating system lacks the services to provide most of this category's requirements, so it cannot legitimately meet the needs of Category 4 businesses.

Microsoft Windows Mobile. Natively, Windows Mobile can't meet military-grade requirements such as physical second-factor authentication support and military-grade (FIPS) encryption, but the Good for Government product adds these capabilities to meet Defense Department requirements.

Nokia Symbian. The Nokia devices can't meet the military-grade (FIPS) encryption requirements or provide the level of application and network-access control necessary. They can be used in military organizations, but only by those people whose level of clearance doesn't require these extraordinary security measures.

Palm Pre. WebOS lacks the services to provide most of this category's requirements, so it cannot legitimately meet the needs of Category 4 businesses.

RIM BlackBerry. When used with the full version of BES and the BlackBerry Smart Card Reader, certain models of the BlackBerry can meet Category 4 requirements.

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